Heavy Metal Contaminated Morowali Marine: Research Said

Study on Morowali Marine suspected polluted by heavy metal

Reporter: Bambang Sumantri

In Morowali Regency, analysis of heavy metals was carried out due to the impact of mining activities. This follow-up research is the second time after the initial research in 2019, precisely in January.

Research in July is continued with the same sampling point, with the area ranging from the outermost islands of Menui Islands District to Bungku Tengah District.

These areas are suspected of being contaminated by heavy metals.

The general chairman of Sombori Diving Club (SDC) Morowali, Kasmudin, as a Local Assistant said that the research was coordinated directly by the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Samratulangi University Manado, North Sulawesi, Prof.DR. Ir. Farnis B. Dolls, M.Sc accompanied by other lecturers.

Field coordinator, Prof. Dr. Ir Inekke F.M. Rumengan, M.Sc with DR. Ir. Ari B. Rondonuwu, M.Sc, M.Si DR. Ir. Nego E. Bataragoa, M.Sc Dr. Ir. Gustaf Mamangkey, M.Sc, Phd. Dr. Ir. Unstain Rembet, M.Sc and 7 teaching assistants, as well as two PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) Environmental Monitoring teams.

This time, several facilities were prepared by the team from SDC Morowali, namely diving equipment and two speed boats. In addition, some of the equipment used in Oceanographic research samples were taken directly by the lecturer team. These equipment are Water Quality Checker, Plankton Net, Sediment Grab, Sechi Disc, Scuba Tools, and Underwater Cameras.

Professor Inekke F M. Rumengan hopes that the research will continue continuously every year, with direct support from PT IMIP so that the condition of the waters in the Morowali Regency area continues to be controlled.

Meanwhile, Kasmudin, General Chair of Morowali SDC and also as an alumni of the UNHAS Fisheries Faculty, hopes that with the results of this study several months can provide awareness to the Morowali District Government to care more about the marine environment which has been categorized as polluted.

"We are waiting for the full laboratory results from the Lecturer Team in analyzing the level of marine pollution in Morowali Regency, hopefully we can quickly find out together," said Kasmudin.**
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